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Pizza, pottery will be on display for Raku Pizza Night on Armstrong Campus

Raku Pizza Night on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus will feature a demonstration of firing the Raku kiln, and professor John Jensen will demonstrate throwing a large vase on the potter’s wheel. The event is April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Annex 2 Courtyard across from University Police.

A potter uses a Raku kiln to make a vase.

Students will present their artwork, and refreshments such as pizza, homemade dishes and drinks will be provided. Three pieces of hand-made pottery will be given as door prizes.

“I enjoy introducing ceramics to people who may not know much about all that goes into creating pots and sculptures,” said senior art education major Brianna Prichard. “I also enjoy getting to see the excellent work that other students are making in all the classes.”

Raku, a Japanese technique, is characterized by taking clay pots from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and placing them in a material such as sawdust or newspaper. This is done to starve the pot of oxygen, which gives the glaze a variety of colors. If the piece does not have glaze, the oxygen from the clay itself will show a matte black color. Raku differs to normal firing where the piece is removed from the kiln after it’s cooled slowly.

“I am looking forward to spending the evening with friends and fellow students,” Prichard said. “The best part is helping with the event. It is nice to be able to help my professors and classmates who have given so much of their time to help me learn.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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